Although it’s a year away, one St. John’s resident is taking the lead in announcing his candidacy now for the 2013 municipal election.
Andrew Harvey said in a news release issued today, he plans to run for Ward 2 councillor in the upcoming election.
He sought the post in 2009, taking third place out of five candidates with 7.89 per cent of the vote.
Since then, Harvey says he’s attended more than 100 council meetings and now blogs and writes a regular column for The Scope (www.thescope.ca) on municipal issues.
Harvey is a recent graduate of the post-degree bachelor of social work program at Memorial University, where he also worked for more than three years in the off-campus housing office. Harvey now works as co-ordinator of Home Share NL, a program linking seniors and students for housing, and as a housing and support mentor with Choices for Youth.
“I want to change the way people interact with their elected officials” said Harvey. “This is why I am starting my campaign now, a year away from the election. I am serious about taking the time to understand the wants, needs, and opinions of the good people of Ward 2.”
Harvey is describing his campaign as a “consensus-building process”, and says he’s committed to knocking on every door in Ward 2 to give individuals a chance to participate. “It’s about having your voice heard by someone who is going to listen”.
He plans to formally launch his campaign on Monday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m., with a rally in front of St. John’s City Hall.
The current Ward 2 councillor is Frank Galgay who was first elected to council in 1997.